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Domestic violence : what every pastor needs to know
Miles, Al, 1951-
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Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2000]

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208 pages ; 22 cm
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BV4438.5 .M54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Domestic violence is as ancient as the family unit itself. And according to the American Medical Association, one quarter of American women will be abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Ministers can help care for these victims. Loving and sensitive support can make a tremendous difference to survivors as they struggle with the long and difficult process of healing and regaining trust in themselves and others. Often, however, pastoral caregivers possess the same misconceptions about domestic violence as does the uninformed public. Miles addresses the issues related to inadequate pastoral response to this pervasive problem. He explores the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role which clergy members can take to heal this painful situation.

Author Notes

The Rev. Al Miles works for Pacific Health Ministry as coordinator of the Hospital Ministry Department at The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Table of Contents

Catherine Clark Kroeger
Forewordp. 5
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Preface. Clergy Voicesp. 11
Introduction: "Where Are All the Pastors?"p. 15
Chapter 1. Encouraging and Excusing Men/Blaming Womenp. 21
Chapter 2. Violence against Women: Separating Fact from Mythp. 47
Chapter 3. Survivors Speak Outp. 77
Chapter 4. Once an Abuser, Always an Abuser?p. 101
Chapter 5. The Thorny Question of Forgivenessp. 129
Chapter 6. Minister to Ministerp. 153
Notesp. 189
Appendix A. Selected Resourcesp. 195
Appendix B. State Coalitionsp. 199